Oklahoma doesn’t trail very often in softball games but the Sooners had to work themselves out of a hole on Friday night against the Longhorns.
With the series on the line, Texas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off the bat of Mary Iakopo. Her single to right field scored Janae Jefferson to give the Longhorns their first lead of the series.
Oklahoma’s Mariah Lopez kept her composure and put the breaks on the Texas offense from there. She would ultimately leave the circle in the fifth after only allowing the one run and striking out six batters through her four innings of work.
A throwing error by Iakopo, as Reagan Rogers was stealing second, allowed Caleigh Clifton to come home and tie the game. The score didn’t remain knotted up for long as a Grace Green single to right field scored Rogers.
Playing in front of the home crowd, the Longhorns didn’t buckle under the pressure of being down to the top team in the country. A sacrifice bunt by Kaitlyn Slack scored Tuesday Dermargosian to tie the game once more.
With neither team able to push across a run in the seventh, the Sooners were pushed to extra innings for the first time this season.
Oklahoma took control in the top of the eighth. Sydney Romero scored on a Clifton sacrifice and the Fale Aviu stole home to give the Sooners their biggest lead of the night at 4-2.
Giselle Juarez retired the first two batters she faced in the bottom of the eighth, thanks again to some remarkable defense, but ran into a little trouble after that.
A single by Slack, followed by another from MK Tedder set up a crazy finish. A bunt from Jefferson led to a throwing error by Sydney Romero. Slack scored on the overthrow but Texas got greedy and tried to send Tedder home as well making way for her to get tagged out at the plate to end the game.
With a 2-0 series lead the Sooners will be going for the sweep on Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma has now won 36 consecutive conference games which extends both a school and Big 12 record.